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 This Month In Lambton 

This Month In Lambton

 Beach Water Sampling Enhancements

Lambton County beach-goers will be able to get more accurate and timely water quality notifications thanks to a new predictive beach-water sampling system introduced by Lambton Public Health (LPH).  Water at five of Lambton's public beaches will be monitored on a daily basis by LPH while two others will be sampled weekly. Beach-water testing continues until the end of August.

Canatara Park beach

The new predictive beach model monitoring system will provide a more accurate representation of water quality and allows LPH to relay this information to the public sooner.  The primary drawback of the previous testing method was the time-lapse from water sampling, lab analysis, and reporting results to the public involved several days. As such, sampling results may not have always reflected conditions of the beach when the results were received.

Water quality status reports:
* Text the word Beach to 226-909-3003
* Call Beach InfoLine 519-383-3816, toll-free 1-800-667-1839 ext. 3816
* Website

Beaches monitored daily (Monday-Friday) using predictive models:
* Grand Bend (North Beach)
* Grand Bend (South Beach)
* Ipperwash Main Beach
* Bright's Grove (including Mike Weir Park)
* Canatara Park

Beaches monitored weekly (water sampling with lab analysis):
* Pinery Provincial Park
* C.J. McEwen Beach

No sampling occurs along the St. Clair River; however, a caution sign, advising of high bacteria levels following heavy rainfall, has been permanently placed at:
* Branton Cundick Park
* Brander Park
* Seager Park

 Tornado Season

Ontario's tornado season runs from approximately April until September, although tornadoes are possible outside of that timeframe.  The two most recent tornadoes to strike Lambton County occurred in the month of July.  The first was in 2011 when a tornado brought down five Hydro One transmission towers in central Lambton, and the other was in 2014 when a tornado struck just south of Grand Bend causing significant tree loss and some property damage.

Hydro One transmission tower following 2011 central Lambton tornado

Many tornadoes form with little warning, which is why residents should pay attention to local forecasts that threaten severe weather, and consider purchasing a weather alert radio, or subscribing to an alerting service such as My Community Notification Network to receive Tornado Warnings and other types of local alerts.

To learn more about past tornadoes in Lambton and tornado safety, please visit

 Action Steps for Air Quality Warnings

Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to take the proper precautions to protect their health on days when air quality is poor.

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change issues forecasted Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values for 38 regions, including Sarnia, every hour of each day. The AQHI values range from low risk to very high risk and each connects to suggested steps to reduce exposure and risk.

hazy sky near the Bluewater Bridge

The advisories issued are based on the expected duration:

* Expected to last for 1-2 hours - Special Air Quality Statement (SAQS)
Expected to last 3 or more hours - Smog and Air Health Advisory (SAHA)

"During Air Quality Health Index advisories some individuals may experience eye irritation and breathing difficulty," says Dr. Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. "Strenuous outdoor activity should be avoided, especially for those with heart or lung conditions."

Possible actions to take during a high risk air quality situation could include reducing, rescheduling, or avoiding strenuous outdoor activities. The level of risk and appropriate action also depends on the person. Children, the elderly, and people with heart and breathing problems are at greater risk.

For more information on the Air Quality Health Index, actions to minimize risk, or to subscribe to notifications affecting Sarnia, visit or call 1-800-387-7768.  Local ambient air quality data can be accessed on the Clean Air Sarnia and Area website at

 New Child Care Spacess Announced for London Bridge Child Care

The County of Lambton has been approved to provide $1.49 million in provincial funding to support the addition of 49 new child care spaces at London Bridge Child Care Service's Oak Ave Early Childhood Learning Centre in Sarnia.  The funding has been announced through the Ministry of Education's Community-Based Early Years and Child Care Capital Program.  The new child care spaces are expected to open in late 2020.  The County of Lambton acts as the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for the provincially licensed Child Care system in Lambton County.

child playing with a camera

 Influencing Identity: Tourism and the Group of Seven

Now until August 19, 2018 at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Escape urban life and delve into the enthralling wilderness portrayed by the elite Group of Seven and its contemporaries. How did their experiences and representations of Canada define a collective Canadian identity? What about landscape came to represent Canada as a nation and still resides in contemporary society? Along with the alluring posters and brochures produced by the Canadian National Railway and the early Canada Parks Association, viewers will discover the parallel story of marketing the majestic Canadian landscape as a reflection of Canadian values and the definition of a national spirit. Visit for more details.

Lawren Harris, Spring on the Oxtongue River, detail


 Black Gold Fest

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Oil Museum of Canada

There will be plenty to see and do for the whole family at the 160th anniversary of the First Commercial Oil Well at the Oil Museum of Canada.  Visitors can interact with blacksmith James Stonehouse, try out hand-tools from Jim & Ellen Hodgins’ collection, see the interactive pipeline model presented by Enbridge, view Annie McLaughlin’s mini art show, listen to country music by Colt & Dave, and hear the skirl of bagpiper David Cummings.

Black Gold Fest

Take a guided horse-drawn wagon tour through Fairbank Oil Fields at 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 pm. Hot dogs and delicious fruit and butter tarts are available.  Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $4 for children, $18 for a family, and $1 for members.

 Research Bridges

Graduate students from Western University's Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department will compete in the 8th Research Bridges competition at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park next month.  The event, Monday, July 9, features 12 students competing in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition in which students present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges.  The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.  Presentations are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude by 12:30 p.m.  Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m.  The event is open to the public.

Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park

 Tobacco-Free Movie Night

Lambton Public Health, the City of Sarnia, and Youth CHAT are hosting a Tobacco-Free Movie Night on Friday, July 20 at Clearwater Arena in Sarnia. The feature attraction is Smurfs: The Lost VillageIn Ontario, 86% of movies with tobacco-related content were youth rated. Start the conversation with your kids by attending this free event.  Activities begin at 7 p.m., movie at dusk.

Smurfs movie poster



 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., Jul 4 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Jul 18 (tentative)- Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Aug 1 (at call of Warden) - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Aug 15 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Sep 5 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sep 19 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Oct 3 - Lambton County Council

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

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